PM to inaugurate Metro Bus Service project today


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will perform the groundbreaking of the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Service project today. 
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, federal ministers, local MNAs, MPAs and other senior government officials will also attend the ceremony.
The Metro Bus Service project is being implemented as per the vision of the PM and the Punjab CM with the objective to provide a world-class mass transit system to the residents of the twin cities. 
The total cost of the Metro Bus Service project is about Rs 44.21 billion, which also includes a signal-free interchange at Peshawar Morr, Islamabad, at a cost of Rs 4.7 billion. This mega project will be completed in a record period of 9 to 10 months.
The federal and provincial governments will contribute 50 percent each of the total cost. The track of the Metro Bus Service project will start from Flashman’s Hotel Chowk on Murree Road and it will end at the Pak Secretariat after covering a total distance of 23 kilometres. 
The portion of the project in Rawalpindi from Flashman’s Hotel to Faizabad having a distance of 8.6km will be on an elevated track, while the distance from Faizabad to the Pak Secretariat will be 14.6km.
A total of 24 modern stations will be built on the entire track, of which 10 will be on Murree Road and the remaining 14 will be in Islamabad. Initially, 60 buses will be plied on the track from Rawalpindi to Islamabad, and more than 150,000 passengers will benefit from this mega project.
According to sources, there would be no environmental effect of the project, as no greenbelt area will be affected during the construction of the track and terminals. This project will also have no effect on the overall master plan of the capital city. 

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